Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Education Minister Dan Tehan announced a new support package to support Child Care Services to remain open.

Commencing from 6 April 2020 until until the week ending 28 June 2020, services that remain open, and have children enrolled, will receive a weekly payment to ensure they can deliver early childhood education and care to families who need it. These payments will be made instead of the usual Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) payments.  Payments will be calculated to be approximately 50 per cent of subsidy in a reference fortnight.

In return for receiving payments, services are required to:

  • stay open unless closed on public health advice or for other health and safety reasons
  • ensure families are not charged a fee, including an out of pocket or gap fee
  • prioritise care to essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and previously enrolled children
  • continue to record attendance of children
  • comply with all other provider obligations including National Quality Framework and other relevant conditions of approval under Family Assistance Law.

Services do not have to apply for payments, they will be paid automatically from 6 April 2020.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the new package and a number of fact sheets here.